Mrs. (Lesley) Bories-Scalise began her dance training in Flint, Michigan under the direction of Gayla Zukevich. At age 12 she was invited, under full scholarship, to attend the National Ballet of Canada in Toronto, Ontario and continued studying at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, Interlochen Arts Academy and North Carolina School of the Arts. She was also one of only six dancers chosen from across the U.S. to attend a summer intensive with Suzanne Farrell and Paul Mejia in New York.

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